In the last year, John has made a determined effort to come off benefits so that he can provide a better life for his family and himself. He enrolled with the Workers’ Educational Association and studied level 1 Literacy and Numeracy and a British Sign Language course at their Omega Centre. John has now moved on to level 2 in Literacy and Numeracy and is also completing a qualification in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector. John supports his family by working as a cleaner in the early mornings before classes start, and also works voluntarily for the Prince’s Trust by helping young offenders in prison.
John had a troubled childhood, leaving school with no qualifications and ending up in prison later in life. He aims to use his experience and qualifications to get a permanent job working with young offenders. “I chose this type of learning because I wanted to improve my chances of getting better employment in the future as I missed out on school when I was younger. It really has transformed me,” ended John.